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Yoomi Park  Photographer|Filmmaker|Writer All photos are my own unless credited otherwise. Choose your own adventure & let's shoot. Contractor for @instagram

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After decades in this country, my dad's English is still not perfect. I still proofread some of his important speeches and emails. We don't talk like this. His text came as a real surprise. I think the passing of my grandfather in January really changed him, I know it really changed me.
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Both of my parents are great photographers, but I know I got my love and passion for it from my dad, the man who shot for the army when he served his requirement in Korea. Who would I be if he hadn't given me my first camera? If he hadn't bought every single new camera through the 90s/00s and let me run around with them? I probably wouldn't have gotten into film school. I wouldn't have learned to shoot my favorite artists or my beautiful friends. He gave up his passion to become a dentist and professor so his kids could do what they love. I know he worries about me and my financial security as I continue to strive to be some kind of artist, he always has, but I'm so grateful for his patience because I know he hopes I can "make it" too.
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Let me tell y'all, his collection is nothing to scoff at, his books diverse, and our photo albums filled with so much history, history that I don't even know the full extent of. This means a lot and I envy my friends who have this kind of meaningful interaction with their parents on a daily basis because it truly is rare for us to this day.
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Thanks for reading y'all. Make sure to call your parents.
[10:47pm | 10.29.2017]

Our amazing @instagram NYC office manager and team decked out our mirror installation with a tropical theme for IG's 7th birthday this week and when I planned today's dressy #ootd, I wanted to complement that theme. I know I'm pretty basic but yes, keeping it simple works out really well sometimes. Not too shabby for the first outfit to work that doesn't include jeans and a ballcap.
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S/o @stevemadden for my amazing gold-plated dress shoes!
📸 by @madelinepark
🖌 by @yoomi.park
[05:45pm | 10.12.2017]

#NationalComingOutDay2017
Hey there tiger, you're so cute in your basketball uniform. You're in kindergarten now, 4 years old trying to fit in that giant jersey. You really hate your hair in your face, even when it's in a pony tail. You have your first crush on a girl in your class and you cried because your classmates wouldn't let you be the John Smith to her Pocahontas for some reason but your teacher makes them let you play. You're going to learn your teachers will always be some of your biggest supporters & allies through your life.
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You're going to figure out you're "different" than the other girls. You love to play sports, to hang out with your cousin Brandon over your girl cousins, you're going to make your parents' life hell every morning they try to put you in that dress or not put your hair in that damn pony tail. You're going to be bullied for being Asian & you'll be bullied for being a tomboy.
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You're going to start at a public school, you'll have crushes on girls and you'll do your best to not make it obvious. You know you're different and that it's not safe. You're going to try your hardest to be liked by everyone, and it works here and there. You'll find friends that you can trust, I promise you that. You'll even take a girl to your high school prom (platonically of course).
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You're going to come out to a few people in high school, but honestly everyone already knows. You'll be lucky to be in a place where because it's a known secret, no one gives you shit for it & somehow, you make it through high school without a single slur thrown at your face. You're going to come out to over 300 people with a short film you wrote & directed your last summer before college. You're going to be so proud of yourself. Your dad will be too. Then he'll get angry & disappointed when he realizes what it meant. You'll lie to be able to afford college. Your mom will say things that make you prepare for a future without a relationship with them. You're going to be sad, but you'll stay prepared. That's okay because you're going to finally be the open person you've always wanted to be. You won't always feel safe, you never really will for a really long time. Cntd 👇🏼

#WorldMentalHealthDay2017
I don't like talking about this with personal anecdotes but I think the day calls for my honesty. I've always been open about who I am & I won't stop now.
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Since I was young & in the budding stages of self-loathing as an Asian American person in the US, I hid. I hid behind big smiles. I hid my fat away in thick sweatshirts even during the Texas heat. I hid behind the camera. I hid in closets. I hid behind my ability to listen so maybe I didn't have to talk about it. I've always had suicidal thoughts, some big, some small, with periods of quiet, long & short, never knowing what might be my next trigger. I'm grateful for my fear of pain that has always kept me from ever attempting anything, but the thoughts have only gotten more frequent as I get older, not living the life I hoped for, the life that kept me sane, kept me going day by day. I feel so vain & dramatic because I realize no one is truly living the life they dreamt of as a kid. My anxiety weighs on my chest every day & night, while sitting at my job I'm so grateful for or laying in my bed trying to get the 4 hours of sleep I might be lucky to get.
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The past few months have been the hardest of them all. I feel like I'm losing time to become the person I expected to be. I'm losing friends to the paralyzing fear that I'm not wanted around in the first place & I make mistakes. I overthink & overanalyze every friendship, every encounter. I might stand a little too close to the subway tracks, I might remember how heights don't scare me, or I might start writing letters for my loved ones, so on & so forth. It's hard to believe in the value people say they assign you in their life when you can't put value in your self-worth. It's hard to talk about this when people you love call you selfish for thinking it. It's hard to talk to people because you don't want to be an even bigger burden. It's hard to talk to people because we can never expect to be treated like we treat others. So I keep it all to myself, my brain never quiet, always worried if people can see all my anxieties in my eyes. I'm so paralyzed by these thoughts & fears I can't make myself do the things I truly love. (cntd👇)

I dub thee #TexasTuesday. This sunset was so beautiful, so calming, so perfect the last time I was home. Austin has changed a bunch, but in some ways, it hasn't changed at all.
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Growing up I had so many dreams of leaving Texas behind, exploring new cities, places and people that may be kinder to people like me... and I've done it. I loved my 3 months in LA and I absolutely cherish my time in NYC. But you know, there's something intangible about being a born and bred Texan, something that makes you really miss and cherish these moments.
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I'm happy that I can call Texas home, and so grateful that I grew up in a place where sunsets like these are plentiful 🌅
[11:31pm | 09.19.2017]

Sixteen years today. I'll always remember where I was, I'll always remember the confusion, I'll always remember the shock and fear when we watched the towers fall. 5th grade is a weird time to see those images, to watch tragedy strike, to witness your math teacher frantically trying to get ahold of her husband who worked in the area.
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Experiencing the anniversary in New York City is indescribable. Some people try to minimize it, some try to not to think about it, others don't even talk about it, but we all remember. The locals of this city are so resilient, so strong, so persistent in the face of adversity, so much so that it all rubs off on you little by little.
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What I've learned on this day, year after year, for almost two decades, is that New Yorkers are so special. The first responders that inevitably lost their lives doing their duties to try and rescue their fellow man, the Americans who stepped up and ran from every corner of our country towards danger to hopefully find survivors, the men and women who went abroad to continue fighting for our safety, no matter their politics, are the heroes that make America great.
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We mourn the lost loved ones, we praise the brave heroes, and strive to honor their legacies by moving forward with the same compassion and love we witnessed in the aftermath. And we will #NeverForget.
[08:01pm | 09.11.2017]

I met this dapper gentleman while walking in SoHo after work today. The first thing that caught my eye was his cameras. He takes polaroids on that big one in his hands for only twenty dollars. You should drop by any day and see the quality of those prints even on the expired film he shoots with. The bokeh and depth of field combined with those beautiful colors are truly mesmerizing.
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I only wish I had a twenty on hand today because I know he would have probably caught my essence better than most because that's what true photographers do, they see you in the light the way your loved ones might not. They find the way the light hits the crevices of your crinkled noses and haphazard grins.
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Can't wait to run into him on the corner of Prince and Broadway once again. I'll always have a twenty dollar bill on me from now on.
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Shot and edited on an iPhone 6.
[11:57pm | 08.27.2017]

Yesterday was my official 3 month anniversary working for the @Instagram team in the NYC office as a contractor so here's a photo from my first full week at the office. It's kind of incredible the things I've already learned and experienced, the food I've eaten, and best of all, the people I've met.
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I've said it time and time again, but this job came out of nowhere but at the very best time. I was barreling towards the bottom of my fiscal situation, picking up every shift at the store that I could, staying as late as I could, just to make rent and buy dollar hot dogs for lunch. No one said it was going to be easy and God knows it wasn't. I'm so grateful for my bosses at the store for dealing with a weird interview schedule and for letting me juggle both jobs because they know how much I love the store still.
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By His grace, I received when I most needed it. Some will say I made it happen for myself, some will say it was meant to be; I say it was a combination of the universe knowing what I needed and what I needed to learn before I received this opportunity.
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This job will make me grow. It is the next step towards whatever is in my future. I will never stop being grateful or even incredulous at the fact that I'm here. I'm on the road towards being the very best I can.
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Glory be to God. #blessed
📸: @parkkatie
🖌: @yoomi.park
[02:36pm | 08.23.2017]

This weekend was tough, lots of heavy lifting, sweating profusely, and too many trips back and forth. In the end it was worth it and with a lot of help, most of all from @parkkatie, I've moved into a new apartment, a little closer to the city, with some NYC style exposed brick, over a bar in Brooklyn with one old roommate and two new ones.
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The best laid plans don't always go your way but it's how you react that reveals your character. Live in the moment, leave the past behind and enjoy your present and future.
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All we have is now.
[12:03am | 08.22.2017]

Stop and look up sometimes. You'll never know what views you could be missing. Every day in this city feels like a blessing.
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How did I get so lucky?
[03:57pm | 08.04.2017]

One of the coolest people ever was at the office a few weeks ago and I've been waiting to post a #womancrushwednesday about her!
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@iskra was visiting the office to demo our new comments filter feature and I was encouraged by @evachen212 to say hi! Iskra's been the face of @aerie's #aeriereal campaign for a few years now and I swear she's such a wonderful role model when it comes to loving the skin you're in. Meeting her in real life after seeing countless marketing posters at @americaneagle is pretty surreal. Truly one of the sweetest women I've gotten the pleasure to meet!
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#EveryBodyIsBeautiful and s/o to Ms. Eva Chen for offering to take our picture! 🤗
🖌: @yoomi.park
[11:52pm | 08.02.2017]

Happy 26th birthday to this guy right here. The other half to our very odd couple best friendship, the guy who "kinda disliked" me when he was a freshman when we worked for the same sports department at @texasstudenttv. But as time passed, we created a friendship based on our love for all things creative and RTF. My favorite producer, the guy that helped me make a short, and is still currently trying to get me to finish editing it. The friend that drove up with me and @b_lusty from Texas to NYC last summer.
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Evan and I may never make sense as best friends, but I think we're living proof that we all have so much more in common with each other than we do differences, we just need to take the time to get to know each other. We get each other, we want the best for each other, and we try to push each other to achieve our goals. Can't wait to see "what's next" in our lives.
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Can't believe this was taken in the "winter" of 2013. Time flies. Happy birthday, Evan!
[11:33pm | 07.30.2017]

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